New species found

Published: Tuesday 31 October 2006

-- A research team from Conservation International, USA, claims to have found 52 new species in Papua New Guinea. They have found 24 new species of fish, 20 species of coral and eight species of shrimp. Among the curiosities are a shark that walks on its fins and a shrimp that looks like a praying mantis. With the discovery, the Bird's Head Seascape, off Papua province, has staked claims of being the world's richest biodiversity area. Experts say the discovery will provide crucial information about the remote and rarely discovered ecosystem.

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